The State Government should consider mandating anti-tamper GPS units in booked hire service vehicles as a positive step towards addressing personal safety issues, according to the Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ).
Chief executive officer Blair Davies said the Government has so far ignored the obvious, refusing to make security cameras mandatory in booked hire vehicles like they are in taxis, so non-removable GPS units could be a start to improving safety.
“Booked hire drivers are only tracked by an app on their smartphone, so once a driver’s phone is turned off or discarded, the tracking system is rendered completely useless,” he said.
“Any booked hire driver getting up to no good simply has to turn their phone off and they disappear off the radar. It is weakness in the safety system that can put consumers’ personal safety at significant risk.
“There have been multiple alleged rapes and an alleged kidnapping involving Uber drivers in recent months, and chances are some those incidents could have been averted had the vehicles involved had GPS units installed.”
Mr Davies said as long as the Government ignores the issue, the personal safety of Queenslanders will remain at risk.
“While the Government continues to put mandating security cameras for booked hire vehicles in the too hard basket, requiring anti-tamper GPS units in them could be a useful stop gap option.
“The Government can’t keep burying its head in the sand when it comes to personal safety.”